This is the wedding dress of Harriet Street Teed, who resided in Missouri at the time of her wedding, 15 September 1864. Though the white wedding dress became popularized by Queen Victoria in her wedding in 1840, many women in 19th century Europe and America still wore dresses of various colors and patterns in their own weddings. Since this would often serve not only as a woman’s wedding dress but her best dress for other occasions for years to come, they would follow a pattern that was more versatile, and easier to wash than white. Pure white wedding dresses at this time were usually a luxury of the extremely wealthy. A letter from Harriet’s brother near her wedding date responds to her request for money to purchase silk. We do not know if that particular request was for her wedding dress, though it is likely that she designed and possibly constructed her wedding dress herself, another necessity of the time.